Saint Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – March 1, 2015

by Jennifer Hansen

ScriptureMark 8:31-38

Divine things and human things. It seems like it should be easy to separate the two – things are either divine or human, right? As a child I was taught that the spiritual world and the human world were separate and distinct – there is heaven above and earth below. Heaven was for the divine and earth was not – or so I thought. It was not until I was older that I began to understand that God created the world but did not retreat from it. God infuses our world with divine presence everywhere! Human things and divine things are so entangled, at times it becomes hard to see where one stops and the other begins. Knowing that makes it much more complicated.

So how do we distinguish what are the “divine things”? The Lenten season provides us with an opportunity to enter into conversation with God to work on the discernment of what are human things and what are divine things in our own lives. So often we are focused on the distractions and concerns of the human things that we completely miss the presence of God among us, in the mundane of our daily lives and in the world around us. As we move through Lent, we take up the practice of turning toward the things of God and searching for them in the everyday. The challenge is to recognize where the presence of God dwells in the human things and to see the point where the line blurs. If we are intentional in our quest to discern the things that are of God, we can begin to make choices between that which is of God and that which is human. It is this practice that draws us deeper into relationship with God and into life with Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Gracious God, guide my thoughts and give me the vision to see the divine in every day. Amen.

Saint Mark United Methodist Church

 

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